Co-Founder Questions

What are the pros and cons of starting a business alone versus with cofounders? How many founders are too many?

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0 Answers
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Common stock or stock options when getting a co-founder prior to seed funding?

I have built a startup in the last 2 years by myself and have a decent amount of traction. While going out looking to raise some seed capital, one the things that keeps coming up is having a...


2 Votes
6 Answers
1.48K Views
Talent assessment - knowing what you don't know?

Related to this question, and applying both ways - finding a person is one thing, but for a technical founder trying to assess a non-technical founder and vice versa to see if they're a good fit is...

asked Oct 10 '09 at 12:07
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Cade Roux
196 points

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1 Answers
1.28K Views
How to fire my co-founder who has nothing to do with the start up any more?

I started my company from scratch and found a technical co-founder to build my product. So I managed to hustle in order to find this guy, who was working in a company. He started working for me...

asked Aug 30 '14 at 10:43
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User34129
1 point

3 Votes
1 Answers
1.14K Views
If your co-founder suddenly leaves before the MVP is complete, could he have a legal claim down the line?

If there was no paperwork done between the co-founders and one of them decides to leave all of a sudden, can the remaining co-founder still continue building that business?Could the founder who...

asked Jun 13 '14 at 16:56
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Omar Gonzalez
16 points

1 Votes
2 Answers
862 Views
Starting a business with a co-founder without a corporation?

Could you start a company with a co-founder, and have generic agreements in place, all without registering a corporation?We're bootstrapping our first startup and don't want to spend both money and...

asked Jun 18 '14 at 20:12
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Marion Woodward
9 points

2 Votes
4 Answers
1.34K Views
How to motivate a co-founder that is starting to lose interest?

Apart from a heart to heart talk, what else could one do to keep motivating their co-founders to be most productive and not lose interest in the vision?

asked Jul 2 '14 at 00:12
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Daniel Lynch
12 points

1 Votes
1 Answers
510 Views
How do I know which languages the programmer I'm looking to hire must know?

I don't have much knowledge about programming, but I have a good idea and the resources to develop it. I'm looking for a programmer, but I don't know which programming languages he or she must...


1 Votes
1 Answers
950 Views
How can an international student be an owner of 50% equity of a start-up?

Me and my American friend have planned for a startup. He will take care of sales and marketing while I will handle the technical and development side. As I am in USA on an F1 Visa, what would be...

asked Jul 15 '14 at 14:39
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Kamrul Islam
6 points

2 Votes
0 Answers
789 Views
What's a reasonable "trial" project for a potential non-technical cofounder?

I have a software product which has been developed to the demo-able stage and I'm currently pitching it to potential customers. It's a B2B product, with a small number of big sales, as opposed to a...

asked Jul 18 '14 at 18:48
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Ben West
111 points

1 Votes
1 Answers
927 Views
How can I get fund for my new software? I have MVP!

I am an experienced computer developer, I was enjoying making computer programs since I was just 10, back to 1994. And since 2001, I started to create computer software as my part time and later...

asked Aug 18 '14 at 10:45
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Shahab
6 points

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1.09K Views
How to fire a co-founder with more equity than me

I have been working with three co-founders for about a year. Two are technical, including me, and the other is business. We have the equity split up on paper and have determined the exact price of...

asked Oct 22 '14 at 06:42
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User34175
16 points

3 Votes
2 Answers
1.33K Views
Both cofounders quit. Rebrand?

So me and 2 other cofounders spent a year building a product together, however it got no traction. We have a ery expensive buyout price however, but I don't think it makes sense to buy them out. So...

asked Oct 22 '14 at 21:10
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User34175
16 points

1 Votes
1 Answers
1.84K Views
Lawyer involved in co-founder dispute. Partner threatening to quit.

Long story short, approached a friend who is already a co founder of another technology start up that has investment with an idea. He liked the idea. It was my idea, and we started working on...

asked Dec 4 '14 at 03:46
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User34199
46 points

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2 Answers
1.3K Views
If I do a 49-50 split partnership do I have the final say as the one with 50% equity?

I just do not know that much about the other person other then he has good tech skills and can take care of a lot of the paper work stuff, that lets me design and build the business. Which is what...

asked Jun 30 '15 at 04:59
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Paul Gilchrist
1 point

7 Votes
9 Answers
5.47K Views
Is performance based equity vesting possible?

I'm willing to give 20% of my startup to my partner who has an MBA and good experience. His main responsibility will be sales, marketing and deal making. I'm the developer. I'm working full-time...

asked Nov 5 '09 at 08:13
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Boolean
388 points

4 Votes
4 Answers
1.25K Views
How to find a technical co-founder without compromising our company's plans?

We are a team of 2 and we hit an idea about a social media startup some time back. Everything said and done we know that we don't have a tech cofounder. while we look for one we don't want to...

asked Jun 30 '11 at 05:26
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Vishal
73 points

2 Votes
2 Answers
766 Views
How much equity is fair for joining a pre-revenue hedge fund?

The manager of a newly established hedge fund has offered me to join the company for 20% of the company + minimal salary. The fund is not profitable yet, and it would take a year, or two, before it...

asked Jun 3 '14 at 03:40
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User33947
11 points

1 Votes
0 Answers
487 Views
Standard vesting schedule for brand new startups who haven't yet raised money?

What's the industry standard vesting schedule for new startups who are in the process of raising a seed round, but haven't have closed one?

asked May 31 '14 at 16:42
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Martin Lilly
6 points

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2 Answers
718 Views
Processing for firing a co-founder?

I'm going through a tough position in my startup where we have to let go of one of our co-founders. It's due to several reasons and the other two co-founders (myself included) have decided that...

asked Apr 30 '14 at 17:41
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Elizabeth Hinton
2 points

2 Votes
1 Answers
602 Views
How hard is to be a solo founder building a startup vs having 1-2 co-founders?

What are the top reasons to have co-founders that puts solo founders at a serious disadvantage?Should someone who already has an idea and close to finishing a basic prototype spend time looking for...

asked Apr 7 '14 at 15:40
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Wayne Waring
14 points